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Highfield Level 4 Internal Quality Assurer Qualification (TAQA)

Our Highfield Level 4 Award in the Internal Quality Assurance of Assessment Processes and Practice is designed for people who want to internally quality assure vocational qualifications.

You must have at least two assessors with two candidates each who are studying for a vocational qualification and are registered with an awarding organisation you can quality assure.

If you do not then the Level 4 Award in Understanding Assessment Principles and Practice may be more suitable for you. Internal Quality Assurers (IQA) are in demand internationally and this qualification is essential for anyone undertaking quality assurance in their role.

It is recommended that you hold a recognised level 3 assessor qualification before beginning this qualification.

You will learn about the processes and procedures of  IQA including sample planning, report writing, working with Awarding Organisations and improving quality in assessment.

The Award  has 2 mandatory  units which must be fully completed to gain the qualification:

  • Understanding the principles and practices of internally assuring the quality of assessment
  • Internally assure the quality of assessment.

When you enrol with us, you will be allocated an assessor and receive a text book and resources to support you with your qualification. You will then begin working on unit 1, by completing your theory assignment which is the evidence for the first unit. Your assessor will provide guidance and feedback on your written work.

For unit 2, you will collate work products, for example, IQA reports, sampling plans, meeting minutes, with the guidance of your assessor. Your assessor will also arrange a face to face observation with you. The observation will be followed by a tutorial, allowing you to work with your assessor to complete your IQA qualification.

With the guidance and support of your assessor, you will complete of a portfolio of evidence that must cover all assessment criteria for the units which includes:

  1. Theory assessment – you must complete a series of activities and  written questions during the session covering all learning outcomes to gain the qualification
  2. Practical assessment-  you will be observed working with a assessor and you must provide work products to demonstrate you competence in internal quality assurance.


This ensures that Best for Training fully meets the observation requirements set by the Awarding Organisation and the Education and Training Foundation.

“All learning outcomes in this unit must be assessed using methods appropriate to the IQA trainee’s performance.
These must include:
• observation of performance;
• examining products of work; and
• questioning.
Direct evidence of this kind may be supplemented, where necessary, by professional discussion, reflective accounts or witness testimony. Simulations are not allowed. Remote observation is not acceptable for assessment of IQAs; in other words, the assessor and the trainee IQA must be in the same location at the same time when observations are being carried out.”
The Education & Training Foundation, Qualification Guidance, Assessment and Quality Assurance Qualifications, Page 26

The course is for 6 months from enrolment, although many learners complete earlier.

The price includes:

  • Highly qualified and experienced assessor
  • Course materials, including text book
  • Registration, assessment and certification
  • Postage of certificate


There are no hidden charges with this qualification. The face to face observation with your assessor is included in the price. This ensures that Best for Training fully meets the observation requirements set by the Awarding Organisation and the Education and Training Foundation.

On successful completion of this qualification, you  may wish to consider the Highfield Level 4 Award In Understanding the External Quality Assurance of Assessment Processes and Practice (RQF).

You will also be a qualified Internal Quality Assurer and will be able to apply for IQA roles for your area of occupational competence.

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2 reviews for Highfield Level 4 Internal Quality Assurer Qualification (TAQA)

  1. 5 out of 5


    I chose the new EPA qualification
    I was delighted to be taught by Anne and Sam Sutton as my main support it was fantastic support even through Covid-19 on Zoom. Different but friendly you get to meet others who are exactly the same so it makes you feel more relaxed, equal to others.
    Also Sam was there for me even though I struggled due to my cancer but I passed the qualification and was delighted.
    I am now hoping to do IQA with them already having Assessor TAQA them… As an EPA my special subject is health and social care so need to be IQA for this sector.

  2. 5 out of 5


    I would highly recommend undertaking this training course with Best for Training. The course organisation was very efficient and my tutor was absolutely superb. Guidance throughout was professional, clear, prompt, warm and encouraging. I looked forward to regular discussions with my tutor and knew that she would welcome additional calls and e-mails if I had any queries. My progress was supported at every step with a high level of expertise in the field, good quality resources, specific goals and written updates, all systematically linked to learning outcomes. It was easy for me to go at my own pace, some of which was quite rapid, but I could also time tasks to suit my other work commitments. The move through completion, IQA and certification was timely and I achieved the award quicker than I had anticipated. I thoroughly enjoyed the experience and now have the confidence to explore the new opportunities that this qualification offers.

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      Thank you so much for your feedback Helen, it was a pleasure supporting you to achieve your qualification.

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Duration 6 Months
Level Level 4
Awarding Organisation Highfield
Location Blended learning - any location
Payment Options Available Initial payment £250 and then 6 monthly payments of £100
Price £850.00

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